In this article, we review the top 10 colleges for an online degree near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Two major universities, Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa, with sports teams at the NCAA Division 1 level, have helped bring a boost to Tulsa’s economic resources. Tulsa and nearby cities offer 15 institutions of higher education. Many local universities have online degree programs that make education convenient for working adults. Once dependent on the oil industry, Tulsa flourished until the economic downturn. The city was forced to diversify its economy in energy, finance, technology, and education.
We reviewed approximately 30 accredited colleges and universities in and near Tulsa, Oklahoma that offered at least one online degree program. From our list, we examined schools that earned rankings with major publications like Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. We pulled the top 10 institutions based on their national and regional rankings. School’s earning a national ranking were placed higher on our list than school’s with a regional ranking.
Below is our list of the 10 colleges for an online degree near the Tulsa area.
#10 – Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers two online undergraduate degree programs in business and nursing. Students who need flexible learning options may earn bachelor’s degrees in accounting or business administration (BS), technical management (BAAS), or nursing (RN to BSN pathway). The online programs require no campus visits. Northwestern has earned recognition from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. The school has been ranked as a best regional university in the West in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges. Other rankings from U.S. News and World Report include best online bachelor’s programs.
#9 – Langston University
Langston University is a historically black college that offers online business administration programs designed for adult students who want to balance life obligations with education. The online business administration bachelor’s degree program combines a liberal arts curriculum with business principles to help prepare students for entry into the business job market. Successful completion of the online program earns a bachelor’s in business administration with management emphasis. Currently this is the only online program available. Langston has earned recognition from major publications like U.S. News and World Report as among the best historically black universities in the country. The school’s graduate physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling programs have also earned rankings.
#8 – Cameron University
Cameron University offers distance-learning options for working and busy adults. Four undergraduate degree programs are offered 100% online, while others are delivered 50% to 96% online. Exclusively online bachelor’s degree programs include criminal justice and interdisciplinary studies. Two associate’s degrees are also offered 100% online. Graduate online programs include business administration and organizational leadership. Cameron’s online graduate MBA program has earned a #131 placement in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges published by U.S. News and World Report. Other recognition include best regional university in the west, best online bachelor’s program, and best online graduate business programs (excluding the MBA).
#7 – Southern Nazarene University
Southern Nazarene University offers online degree options designed for students juggling work, family, and education. Available online bachelor’s degrees include business administration (BS), network management, nursing (RN to BSN), and organizational leadership. Three online master’s degree programs include business administration (MBA), business administration in health care (MBA-HC), and sport management and administration (MASMA). Southern Nazarene is a regionally ranked institution. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the school as the 83rd best regional university in the west. The institution’s graduate nursing school has also received recognition in previous publications of Best Colleges.
#6 – Oral Roberts University
Oral Roberts University is a private Christian institution offering various online degree programs designed for busy adults juggling education and life obligations. The university offers 12 online undergraduate degree programs. Some of the online majors include business administration, church ministries, international business, leadership studies, liberal studies, management, psychology, and nursing (RN to BSN). The university is ranked with U.S. News and World Report as the 50th best regional university in the west and the 38th best college for veterans. The school’s online bachelor’s programs are ranked #137 out of 1,200 similar programs, according to the 2016 edition of Best Colleges.
#5 – Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
For students interested in information technology and desire online learning, Oklahoma State University Institute of Tech offers an online bachelor’s of technology in information technology. Students take online courses taught by full-time faculty of the university. Class sizes are kept small to encourage peer relationship building and provide direct contact with instructors. The university is ranked by major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges ranks the institution as the 30th best regional college in the west, the 6th top public school, and the 18th best college for veterans.
#4 – Southwestern Christian University
The School of Adult and Online Education at Southwestern Christian University offers bachelor’s degree programs designed to meet the needs of busy adults balancing family, school, and work obligations. For students living in the Tulsa metro area, four degree programs are available online: biblical leadership, business leadership, business administration, and human and family services. The bachelor’s of professional leadership is offered exclusively online for students located outside Bethany, Oklahoma City, or Tulsa. According to the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News and World Report ranks Southwestern as the 28th best regional college in the west.
#3 – Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s Adult and Graduate Studies Division offers online degree programs for students juggling work, family, and education. Online bachelor’s programs include business administration, criminal justice, ministry and leadership, nursing (RN to BSN), and organizational management. Online master’s degree programs include education, business administration (MBA), science in nursing, strategic leadership, and theology and apologetics. Oklahoma Wesleyan is a regionally ranked institution. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as the 12th best regional college in the West. Other rankings include the 8th best value school and the 9th best college for veterans.
#2 – University of Oklahoma – Schusterman Center
The University of Oklahoma’s Schusterman Center offers 10 online degree programs designed for busy students who desire flexible learning options. Undergraduate programs available online include bachelor’s degrees in administrative leadership, criminal justice, information studies, liberal studies, lifespan care administration, and world cultural studies. Online master’s degree programs include administrative leadership, criminal justice, human and health services administration, museum studies, and prevention science. The university is ranked with major publications like U.S. News and World Report as the 108th best national university and 52nd top public school. The school’s online bachelor’s programs are also ranked #30 out of 1,200.
#1 – University of Tulsa
The University of Tulsa offers select online degree programs designed for working professionals interested in business and energy. The College of Business offers an online master’s in energy business degree that blends principles found in an MBA program with current energy issues and trends. The program appeals to students with bachelor’s degrees in business, engineering, geosciences, or law who want to work as energy specialists. According to U.S. News and World Report, University of Tulsa ranks as the 86th best national university in the country. Other rankings include the 71st best college for veterans and the 43rd best online graduate business program in the nation.
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Posted April 2016